May 2012
The essential resource for your practice
Volume XXI, Number 5

Pennsylvania House Health Committee Votes to Support PSA Testing

On Monday, April 30, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee  voted unanimously to approve a resolution(H.R. 523) calling on Congress to seek the withdrawal of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)  recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing  for prostate cancer for men  of all ages.  see more>>

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Health Policy Forum

Society of University Urologists Works to Address Academic Health Policy Needs

By
Patrick H. McKenna, MD, FACS, FAAP
Professor and Chair
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Division of Urology
President of the Society of University Urologists

and 

Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA
Health Policy Chair 

A combination of issues, including new requirements placed on urology training programs, resident duty hour restrictions, the need to incorporate simulation in resident training and severe academic workforce shortages, has resulted in the need to develop a coordinated strategy to address health policy issues facing academic urology. 

For The Record

On March 12, the Stage II proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program was published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Federal Register at Fed. Register March 12, 2012. The rule explains the changes in the criteria for participants in the EHR Meaningful Use (MU) program to earn additional installments of the incentive payments available in 2013 and beyond.  

Alliance of Specialty Medicine Holds Annual Physician Policy Roundtable

Representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) were key attendees at the 2012 Physician Policy Roundtable on March 15, in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, of which the AUA is a founding member, the event was designed to engage specialty physicians in efforts to promote quality-driven healthcare through comparative effectiveness research and value-based payment initiatives. AUA staff played a key role in developing the agenda for the meeting and arranging speakers.

Alliance physicians, representing a variety of specialties, were in attendance for the program. AUA Health Policy Vice Chair David Penson, MD, MPH, represented the AUA at the event and chaired the meeting for the Alliance.